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Enchanted TheatreSize: 28.5" x 12.5"
Medium: Oil on panel
Kimball-Rosendahl Collection, Napa, CA.
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre exudes the essence of a sacred monument. It is situated at 1 Taylor Street, intersected at an angle between Market Street and Golden Gate Avenue, in the Tenderloin and SOMA districts. Crossing Sixth Street, one of the busiest and most squalid streets in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Theatre stands independently: an elegant icon that overpowers the ugliness. “Form and function must compliment one another…a theatre must not only be beautiful but completely functional”, said the architect G. Albert Lansburgh. He built the theatre in the 1920’s. The theatre showed silent films for over 50 years. During the 1960’s, it was converted into a two-screen theatre. It suffered little damage, restored as a single auditorium and reopened in 1979 as a Performing Arts Center. Its grand structure has a marvelous Art Deco sign. The most attractive feature of this theatre is its exterior dome. This is an exquisite, provocative and voluptuous metallic silver dome.
Enchanted Theatre, one of a series of paintings devoted to San Francisco’s Sixth Street, presents a frontal and linear painting of the Golden Gate Theatre, adding two tall towers at opposite corners enclosing the theatre. Enchanted Theatre is painted in a monochromatic mint green and cream palette, accompanied by its atmosphere, the original wooden panel surface. This theatre stands solid, in form partly a cathedral shape, due to its tall towers, which continue skyward.
Enchanted Theatre was exhibited during Patricia's Solo Show titled New Paintings, at SOMA Gallery, San Francisco, March 2004.
Enchanted Theatre is featured in Patricia's book entitled, SOMA SEEN, published in 2008.
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